Mount Makes a Splash at Franklin and Marshall Invitational

Mount Men’s and Women’s swimming found great success at the Franklin & Marshall Invitational, held Nov. 17-19.  Overall, both teams placed 3rd out of 11 teams, the women finishing with 777 points, and men finishing with 912. Three records were also broken by the women’s team.

Friday night featured the 200 free relay, 1650 freestyle, and 400 medley relay. On the women’s side, the relay squad of senior JeMoon Won, first year Valeria Villagran, senior Bridget Vaughan and junior Maddie McGraw placed 14th in the 200 free relay, posting a time of 1:43.21.  

In the mile, junior Mary Lombardi posted the Mount’s top time (17:39.12), taking second place overall.  Lombardi was followed by sophomore Magdalena deTar, placing 7th at 18:01.88, and Vaughan who took 12th (18:04.80). The 400 medley relay squad of McGraw, junior Lauren Gullickson, first year Juliet Whitman and deTar took 4th, clocking in at 3:59.79.

The men’s A-relay squad of sophomore Will Twizell, first year John Wilson, first year Ryan Carroll and sophomore Brock Cudahy took 6th in the 200 free relay with a final time of 1:27.09. First-year student Nick Starvaggi took 6th in the 1650, touching the wall at 16:39.97.

At the end of the night, the relay team of Twizell, senior Aidan McCormick, Carroll and Cudahy took home a third-place finish in the 400 medley relay, with a time of 3:29.37.

Day two brought two record-breaking races for the women’s team.  In the 100 back, McGraw broke the record she set at NEC Championships last season (57.76), taking first in the event with a time of 57.16.  In the prelims, junior Alyssa Felos broke Haley Fournier’s 200-breastroke record (2:27.63) with a time of 2:26.67. She would go on to place third in finals, beating the record once again with a time of 2:26.47.

In addition to these big wins, the Mount brought top-10 finishes in the 100 fly, where Whitman took 7th with a time of 59.80, and the 200 breast, with Gullickson taking 10th with a time of 2:30.00. deTar posted a 12th place finish in the 200 free, clocking in at 1:57.20. Seniorr Juliette Lacoste also took 12th in the 400 IM, hitting the wall at 4:49.45.

In the 200 medley relay, the squad of McGraw, Gullickson, Whitman and deTar placed sixth with a time of 1:51.67.  Whitman, Vaughan, deTar and Lombardi brought another 6th place finish in the 800 free relay (7:59.39).

For the men, Twizell posted two top-two finishes on the second day.  In the 400 IM, he brought home a first place win with a time of 4:01.47.  He was followed by Ethan Pham who took 9th (4:18.93).  In the 200 breast, Twizell took second, clocking in at 2:05.06.  Wilson (2:08.33) and McCormick (2:09.80) followed Twizell, taking 3rd and 4th place respectively.

John Mata posted a 4th place finish in the 100 back (53.48) and a 12th place finish in the 100 fly (52.62).  Cudahy brought home 6th place in the 50 free (21.77) and 8th in the 200 free (1:45.45).

Both men’s relay squads took home 4th place finishes on Saturday.  Cudahy, Wilson, Carroll and Twizell finished the 800 free relay with a time of 7:04.73, while Mata, McCormick, Thomas deXavier, and Wilson clocked in at 1:35.90 in the 200 medley relay.

On Sunday, Felos went on to break another record in the 100 breaststroke, placing 9th with a time of 1:07.46.  Gullickson posted an 8th place finish in the same event with a time of 1:08.89.

In the 200 back, McGraw posted a 4th place finish, clocking in at 2:06.44, just shy of the program record.  Lombardi brought a 4th place finish in the 500 free (5:09.13), followed by deTar in 8th (5:15.70).  Whitman posted an 8th place finish in the 200 fly, clocking in at 2:13.09.

The women ended the evening with an 8th place finish in the 400 free relay, thanks to a team of McGraw, deTar, Whitman and Lombardi, who clocked in at 3:39.14.

Twizell took 2nd place in the 100 breast (56.62), followed by McCormick in 4th (58.31) and Wilson in 7th (59.06). Wilson also brought a 4th place finish in the 200 IM with a time of 1:57.94.

Cudahy took 5th in the 100 free with a time of 47.73, followed by Mata in 10th (47.81).  Starvaggi posted a 7th place finish in the 500 free, touching the wall at 4:49.64.

Carroll, Cudahy, Twizell, and Wilson closed out the evening in the 400 free relay, posting a 5th place finish at 3:11.15.

The Mount will close out this semester’s competition at the Loyola Invitational held Dec. 1-2.

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